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Theodore H. Brown, President of the First National Bank, of Griswold, was born in Rock county, near Janesville, Wisconsin, January, 20, 1847. He is a son of J. A. Brown, a native of Pennsylvania. In 1850 his parents removed to Iowa, locating at Clayton City, where his father engaged in mercantile business. In 1874, they came to Cass county. Theo. H. Brown received a liberal education, attending the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, Fayette county. In 1873 he was appointed teller of the First National bank of McGregor and continued there seven years. In the fall of 1880 he came to Griswold and formed a partnership with Frank H. Whitney, in the banking business. In 1883 he organized the First National Bank of Griswold, of which he has since been president. Mr. Brown was married in 1877, to Rachel L. Maple, daughter of Jacob and Ann Maple. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have two children--Paul and Ruth. Mr. Brown is a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Templar. The following resolutions of respect were tendered to Theo. H. Brown, of the National Bank of Griswold, by his former employers, the directors of the First National Bank of McGregor, at a meeting held November 16, 1880:

"Resolved; That a vote of thanks by this board of directors is hereby tendered to Theo. H. Brown for the ability and fidelity to the interests of the Bank, with which he has discharged the varied duties of clerk, teller, book-keeper and assistant cashier for the past seven years.

Resolved, That the cashier be requested to furnish Theo. H. Brown a copy of these resolutions and to place the same upon the records of the board."

W. R. KINNAIRD, Clerk.

Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 826-827.

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